I saw a white finger on a barbed wire fence
I knew it was dangerous
But I took the risk
And yes it was sweet
So sweet to eat
Now see how the flesh is pricked
And bleeds, yeah
It bleeds, it bleeds
See how it bleeds...
I saw a little baby crawling down the street
I said hey come over here baby
You look good enough to eat
I said come over, dear
You know what I'll do
Well I'll make you my mirror of the things that I chew
Little Yum-Yab
Little Yum-Yab...
We are the wild
We are the risk
Come little Yum-Yab
Come slash your wrist
We are the wild
We are the risk
Come little Yum-Yab
Gimme a kiss
Now blow your brains out
I'll blow your brains out


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    General CommentI read it as a perverse joke upon how they view themselves in relation to the crowd, as "depressing" cult-rock icons. Think of it as self-deprecating humor and a type of Bonnie and Clyde statement.

    Yab-Yum "Father and Mother" is a Tibetan deity interlocked in sex with his, eh, god-wife. They are transfixed together in the lotus-position, their arms flailing around as if they were one body.

    Yab-Yum is supposed to bring people to enlightenment. These "Yum-Yab Killers," they reverse the relationship between god and worshiper. They feed off their worshipers instead of the other way around.

    We are the wild, we are risk. - They equate being adored by fans as being elevated in their eyes to a god-like status. Of course, Swans being Swans, their fans listen to their music seeking enlightenment, and as a result blow their brains out and slash their wrists.

    Though I don't know her personally, I think it's entirely plausible for Jarboe to make a megalomaniacal joke like this.
    parkerdannielon September 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's mocking punks. Ha ha.
    fearpanic4on June 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about eating babies! Aaaaaaah! Jarboe's gone Cop-era Gira!
    Cynothoglyson January 17, 2006   Link

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